BGP peering question

Bob Evans bob at
Tue Jul 11 18:17:03 CST 2017

There is one more thing to consider based on your app or content latency
criteria needs. Do you provide a service that performs better with low
latency - such as live desktop, live video/voice. You may wish to peer to
have more control and more direct  path to your customer base. If you
identify your customer base in a specific region - then explore the best
peering exchange points to utilize in that region. This can help you
reduce your packet hop count/ deliver time, etc. etc..

Thank You
Bob Evans

> On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 4:12 PM, craig washington <
> craigwashington01 at> wrote:
>> Newbie question, what criteria do you look for when you decide that you
>> want to peer with someone or if you will accept peering with someone
>> from
>> an ISP point of view.
> I assume you mean "reciprocal peering" in the sense of shortcut from your
> customers to their customers rather than the more generic sense that any
> BGP neighbor is a "peer".
> 1. What does it cost? If you and they are already on an IX peering switch
> or you're both at a relaxed location where running another cable carries
> no
> monthly fee, there's not much down side.
> 2. Is the improvement to your service worth the cost? It's not worth
> buying
> a data circuit or cross-connect to support a 100kbps trickle.
> 3. Do you have the technical acumen to stay on top of it? Some kinds of
> breakage in the peering link could jam traffic between your customers and
> theirs. If you're not able to notice and respond, you'd be better off
> sending the traffic up to your ISPs and letting them worry about it.
> If the three of those add up to "yes" instead of "no" then peering may be
> smart.
> Regards,
> Bill Herrin
> --
> William Herrin ................ herrin at  bill at
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